The People of Shadowcliff
Skelly Warren - Chair
James Skelly Warren is a retired theatre professor. His 1972 connection to Grand Lake and ultimately Shadowcliff was summer theatre; his wife, Judith, and he revived the The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in 1995 and after 9 years retired. In 2007-2013 they were delighted to serve Shadowcliff as on-site managers. It was Skelly’s love and commitment to Shadowcliff, Grand Lake and the surrounding natural beauty that brought him to the Shadowcliff Board of Directors. He was selected as Chair in September 2020.
Larry Leblang - Treasurer
Chris Van Roekel - Secretary
While living in Fort Collins, Colorado, Chris began volunteering at Shadowcliff in 2015 as part of the early May volunteer group. He enjoys the beauty of the creation that surrounds Shadowcliff and the opportunity to connect and build relationships with fellow volunteers in a setting like none other. After receiving masters and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, Chris now resides in Indiana where he now lives and works as an engineering team leader for a large engine manufacturer. In his free time, you can find Chris working on his golf game or on his road bike on flat, wind-blown country roads.
Ariana Friedlander, MPA is a community organizer, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rosabella Consulting, LLC. She works with leaders doing business as UNusual. Ariana specializes in fostering positive change in an organization’s culture so it remains relevant in the 21st century. Ariana received the 4th Annual Quid Novi award for Innovative Thought for EntrepreNerds™. She has her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Delaware and her BA from Hampshire College. Ariana lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and daughter.
Michael Dorosh is a retired small business owner who now devotes his time to a number of volunteer endeavors. Since 2004, he has been Director of the annual HIV Retreat at Shadowcliff, started over 20 years ago by the founders of Shadowcliff. Michael serves as Director of Treatment Educat10n Network (TEN). Its programs include the HIV Retreat, monthly Community Educat10nal Forums, and the UB2 social group. Nationally, he is very involved in the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) and the Global Community Advisory Board of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). He also serves on the University of Colorado ACTG CAB (Community Advisory Board) and the Colorado State ADAP Advisory Committee. He enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, and spending time with his best friend Rocket.
Jamie first visited Shadowcliff while serving as CEO of an environmental organization in Kansas City
during which he expanded his understanding of sustainability issues, climate change, community
advocacy and volunteerism. During several visits he found Shadowcliff to be a haven for education,
inspiration and rejuvenation. Jamie spent the first ten years of his career working for the Oklahoma
Department of Corrections where he learned much (in retrospect) as a Warden and Deputy Warden.
Subsequently he worked for nearly 30 years as CEO and regional manager of continuing care retirement
communities coast-to-coast, most recently in the Kansas City area. He and his wife Judy vacationed with
their four kids in the mountains for many years and he has a decades-long interest in sustainable design.
Recently retired, he looks forward to spending time with family and his three granddaughters.
Sue Rempel spent almost every summer of her life with her family in Grand Lake since 1957, building and helping with every aspect of Shadowcliff. After an injury temporarily kept her away, she’s happily serving on the board to support Shadowcliff’s future, bringing the vision and commitment that Warren and Patt Rempel held as they built each building— their dream and life’s work. Sue’s love of Grand Lake extended to her two sons, Alexander and Nicholas, who experienced the magic for nearly every summer of their childhoods. Sue, a hospice nurse, lives in Santa Fe, NM with her family.
Terry discovered Shadowcliff’s magic on a week-long retreat with 40 members of his Kansas City congregation in 1976. Six of those individuals have since served as managers, staff or on the board. He designs and facilitates processes that change an organization’s or community’s culture, and coaches CEO’s through organizational transition. He and Eldonna have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They divide their time between a western Kansas ranch and Denver.
Jay Liebenguth is a writer and strategic communicator. A sometimes business journalist, he has focused on gaining insights from talking with leaders and sharing stories with his audience. He has produced and hosted radio and television shows and asked questions, most of his professional life. He is a voracious reader and semi-professional photographer. He loves to cook and chase the grandchildren around the house. Jay has been an active member of Shadowcliff’s marketing committee since 2012.
Executive Director: Kathy Baldwin
Kathy joins the Shadowcliff family as Executive Director with over 30 years professional experience in both corporate and nonprofit settings, most recently serving as resident caretaker for the Santa Fe Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally residing in Kansas City, Kathy also worked in varying capacities for 18 years at the Kansas City Academy, a small independent middle and high school. It was in her capacity as Head of School at the Academy that she first visited Shadowcliff over 10 years ago, returning several more times with students and faculty.
General Manager: Emily Cesca
Born in Portland, OR Emily spent her childhood on a small farm outside of Eugene until her family moved to Northern California. Emily graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and worked for several years in the nonprofit sector until she relocated to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2015. Emily has a professional background in administration, finance, operations, and personnel management. To balance out all of those left-brain activities, she also became a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching since 2016, specializing in Vinyasa yoga, Restorative yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard yoga, and Yoga Nidra. A nature girl at heart, Emily is at home outdoors, whether in the water, in the jungle, or in the mountains, and she loves to experience the natural beauty of Shadowcliff and the surrounding area of Grand Lake. This will be Emily’s fifth season at Shadowcliff! She is excited to return and is incredibly grateful to be able to call Shadowcliff her summer home.
Maintenance Manager: Caleb Gusloff
After growing up in the small town of Freeport, IL, Caleb migrated to Fort Collins over ten years ago. During his time in Colorado, he has worked many jobs in the construction industry as a carpenter and laborer. In 2019 Caleb started community college, and recently graduated with an Associate's Degree focused on architectural drafting and building science. Caleb has been volunteering at Shadowcliff for the past six years. During this time he could be seen helping with much needed construction and maintenance projects, and other miscellaneous tasks. As a regular volunteer, he has always been interested in spending an entire season working at Shadowcliff. Fortunately, the stars have aligned, and Caleb is now able to spend the entire season working and living alongside our other seasonal employees. As the Maintenance Manager, he is excited to use his skills to help the Shadowcliff community, and is looking forward to creating lasting relationships with the people of Shadowcliff. He is a very social person and enjoys making new friends. In his spare time Caleb likes to be outdoors, fish, hunt, travel, attend concerts, cook, create art, and have a good time in general. We are looking forward to having Caleb onsite this year, and hopefully many more to come!
Guest Services Coordinator: Alanah Rempel
Alanah is no stranger to Grand Lake or to Shadowcliff. She was born and raised in Grand Lake and her grandparents started Shadowcliff! It was certainly a great place for her to spend time as a kid. Alanah worked at Shadowcliff in 2013 for part of the season on the rotational staff. Then in 2017 she worked as the Office Manager, in 2019 as the Lead Kitchen Assistant, and again in 2020 as one of the On-Site Coordinators along with her husband Brandon. Alanah and Brandon spent the past couple of winters working at a lodge on Donner Summit in California. In her spare time she enjoys macramé, weaving, and hiking. Shadowcliff is blessed to have Alanah return yet again this summer to help us navigate another unusual season!
Hospitality Supervisor: Megan Kennedy
Meg currently resides in sunny southwest Florida. She is blessed to be able to return to Shadowcliff for a second season, the first being in 2019, when she worked as part of the Rotating Staff. When she's not working hard to keep things neat and tidy, you can find her out kayaking, fishing, doing some car karaoke, or finding ways to work towards the greater good. As the Hospitality Supervisor she is looking forward to serving and engaging with the Shadowcliff community once again. We are excited to have Meg join us again and take on this leadership role amongst the 2021 seasonal staff!
Hospitality Staff: Angel Vazquez
Angel is just a guy from California on his own search for meaning and destiny. His adventurous spirit has led him to Shadowcliff and Colorado for the first time, and he is eager to be a part of the team! He is a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner seasoned in the field of consciousness. He enjoys sunset motorcycle rides, meeting new people, and learning about life and its curiosities. His passions include art, wine and tea tasting, vintage book collecting, and spending time in nature.
Hospitality Staff: Julia Del Rosario
Julia was born in China, in Shanxi province. When she moved to America, her whole life changed. Mainly raised in Texas, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor Degree in Art Education. Eventually, she would like to become an elementary or middle school teacher. Ever since she was a child, she grew up having a passion for art. She works and explores different types of media, as a way to challenge her creativity.
She is not afraid to try something new and enjoys traveling. Colorado is definitely one place she loves to explore. She hopes to move up there in the future. She feels very connected to the environment, especially the beauty of nature and the wildlife. She has visited Grand Lake several times and has done many hikes and other activities there. What brings joy to her life is meeting new people and learning new things.
Hospitality Staff: David Fillman
David grew up in York, Nebraska, and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science in 2019. He is a lover of the outdoors, and has spent much of his time since university exploring the backcountry of Montana and New Zealand. He has visited Grand Lake a few times with his family, and is looking forward to having the opportunity to get to know the place more fully. In his spare time he likes to explore, to cook, and to read.
Hospitality Staff: Sydney Sirkin
Joe Baldwin is a senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN majoring in Human & Organizational Development with a focus in Leadership. He is involved with the campus spirit team (cheerleaders) and a Latin dance club on campus. "Fun fact: I’m Kathy’s nephew!"
Samaya (she/her) is currently studying for her Masters in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design, New York. She is from Bangalore, India, where she studied Architecture. Her interest in the design community enabled her to co-found an organization with a mission to create learning experiences in the design sector, gaining knowledge and experience in social innovation and business design. While she isn't working on a design problem, you can find her drawing in a park or experimenting with food.
Chidinmma Egemonu is a current sophomore at Vanderbilt University majoring in Cognitive Studies and Human and Organizational Development. She is interested in exploring how data analytics and human behavior interact to help create better educational environments for young people. She is excited to further explore these passions as a member of Shadowcliff's Gen Z Advisory Group!
Benjamin (Ben) was born in Mumbai, India and came over to the U.S. in 2001. He is currently attending Jobcorps training in Albuquerque, NM for Build, Construction and Technology and hopes to go into the solar field. Ben is currently working at a hardware store in Kansas City, MO; on his days off he installs carpet, does some plumbing work, and a bit of carpentry. Ben also went through Centriq I.T. training and is a Network Administrator. Some of Ben's passions are photography, cooking and fishing as well. He has a a deep love for trees and stars.
Atul is a leadership development consultant with demonstrated impact working with young professionals, leveraging his skills for program design and facilitation of experiential journeys and coaching. He is currently pursuing an MS in Organizational Change Management from The New School in New York City. Over the past six years, Atul has designed and facilitated fellowship and internship programs, residential and non-residential workshops in rural and urban settings with adolescents and young professionals in education, non-profit and corporations. He has coached, supervised, and engaged with more than 500 youth from India, UK, USA, Australia, Germany, and Afghanistan on their "self-to-society" leadership journeys. A Zolberg – IRC Learning and development fellow, Atul enthusiastically believes in forming cross-border connections, fostering compassion, and creating immersive experiences for young adults.
Becca (she/her) is Loretto Volunteer working at Angelica Village in Lakewood, CO. She's originally from Minneapolis, MN, and graduated from Macalester College in 2019. She is entranced by the magic of growing food, cooking that food, and sharing it in community, and wants to be a full-time regenerative farmer. You'll find her fermenting foods, reading, and hiking on the weekends.
Amy (she/her) is a current AmeriCorps member working on food justice initiatives at Hunger Free America in New York City. She is originally from Salem, Oregon and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2018 where she studied Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies and Theology. She is enjoying learning about the wonderful history of Shadowcliff both through the Gen Z Advisory Group as well through assisting with communications efforts.
Sydney Sirkin is a current senior at Elon University in North Carolina. She was slated to be on the 2020 summer staff at Shadowcliff, but was stopped short due to COVID. She is thrilled to be a part of the archive team, and has thoroughly enjoyed working with Kathy and the team. Sydney is majoring in Arts Administration with minors in Theatre Design and Environmental Studies, and loves to write, camp, hike and do yoga in her free time.
As a former co-director, Judith brings a wealth of Shadowcliff history and expertise to the Board and staff. She has played a key role in developing Shadowcliff’s food philosophy and Compassionate Kitchen and continues to provide guidance in many Shadowcliff operational issues.
Randal Friesen, Architect – Randy first came to Shadowcliff at age 7 in 1962 and has been actively participating on a regular basis since moving to Denver in 1980 after graduating from KSU. Randy participated on the board with founders Warren and Patt Rempel, working through the transition of SC to non-profit status and new directors Bob and Judith Mann. He has been very involved in facility upkeep, and redesign/ remodeling processes through the years. To Randy, Shadowcliff embodies the ‘spirituality’, and helps foster the stewardship of, our beautiful earth, and he hopes to continue to strengthen that ethos.
Bill Lepentis - designer, professor, strategist and researcher. He has over 25 years in the architectural design, master planning, and construction management industry. His projects include social change initiatives and innovations involving the elimination of homelessness and poverty. Bill’s thesis work and concentration included innovations, services, environments and products involving play-based learning for early childhood education. The last five years has seen Bill’s design practice evolve into a design research and strategy consulting firm; linking traditional practices with new, human-centered design approaches, helping companies and organizations grow and succeed.
Doug is a Manufactures Representative specializing in electronic test and measurement equipment. He lives in Olathe Kansas. Doug visited Shadowcliff for the first time 20 years ago and has been coming back ever since. He enjoys volunteering and the opportunity to be a small part of an amazing place. He encourages everyone to come and experience Shadowcliff as a guest a volunteer or both. When Doug is not volunteering, you will find him bushwhacking and backpacking Rocky Mountain National Park.
Bob is a retired co-director of Shadowcliff. He continues to develop and inspire Shadowcliff programming with his wisdom and wit. As a former director, Bob is an invaluable resource to the Board about all things related to Shadowcliff and more. Bob is also very active in creating partnerships for Shadowcliff, and probably planning a future Shadowcliff workshop as you read this.
Susan Miller has spent more than 20 years guiding clarity and consensus for productive change. Most recently her expertise is leading companies through strategic planning, program development and process/workforce optimization. She leverages her leadership experience as a consultant, facilitator, strategist, and project manager working for and representing large national corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and start-ups, across multiple industries including education, manufacturing and the environment. Growing up in Wisconsin, she has a strong passion for the importance of accessibility to the outdoors. When she’s not brainstorming innovative solutions with clients, Susan can often be found on a body of water or on her road bike.
Richie has worked in the field of Information Technology for over 15 years and currently serves as the IT Director for Colorado State University - College of Business. He has a passion for environmental stewardship and conservation. This has led him to co-found Gaia Environmental Consulting, whose mission is to promote environmental responsibility and sustainability through the implementation of policies, practices and methods. Richie hopes to help Shadowcliff visitors with safe and reliable access to the internet when they are not connecting with nature, meditating, self reflecting, rejuvenating, or learning and growing.
Eric Ziegenhorn is an attorney with Creative Planning Legal and practices in the areas of estate planning and real estate. After attending Mizzou, he got his JD from University of California-Berkeley in 1983. He is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, California and Georgia, and lives in midtown Kansas City with his family. Eric has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars for other lawyers and the public, and is also active as a legal writer for Thompson Reuters, for which he has authored and updates a popular three-volume set of legal forms for use by Missouri lawyers [Missouri Legal Forms 3d, West Publishing division of Thomson Reuters]. Eric works on a regular basis with the Volunteer Attorney Project (operated by the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Defenders Office), is on the Board of Directors of Bridging the Gap and the Writer's Place, and is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.